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Volume 12, Issue 11
March 16, 2012
FUNDS FOR WRITERS
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Editor: C. Hope Clark
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PREDICTING THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
I refuse to fret over the future of publishing.
There will be books to read, and man will find
a way to publish them one way or another.
~C. Hope Clark, Twitter/Facebook, March 3, 2012
These days, as scary as publishing is, I hit delete when I see
yet another article about the "future" of publishing. Editors
and agents and publishing gurus may think they have a handle on
what's going to happen, but they don't. Look at these recent
The Justice Department has warned Apple and five major publishers
that it plans to sue them, accusing them of colluding to raise
the prices of electronic books.
Then there's the arguing between publishers and libraries and
offering ebooks for loan.
Publishing expert and writing circuit speaker Jane Friedman
even wrote a book on the subject: The Future of Publishing :
Enigma Variations where she offers 14 possible scenarios,
including slapstick, sarcasm and wild expectations, just to
poke fun at all the fretting going on.
I could list twenty, thirty, forty articles about the future
of publishing. Google "future of publishing" and be amazed.
It amazed me how writers are scrambling to understand this
frenzy. Their reasoning is beyond me. Maybe it's the fear
of not knowing how their book will land in the hands of readers
once it's finally done. Maybe they fear who will hold the
copyrights. Or maybe the not knowing is just enough extra
concern to freeze them in their tracks, damming up creative juices.
All you need to be concerned with is whether people are
reading when you are ready to publish. Your book can be on
papyrus or microwaves; it doesn't matter. Your job is to
write. And if you can't overlook the bantering, lawsuits,
and boycotting going on while you're supposed to be writing,
then lay down your pen or turn off your computer, because
these shenanigans will be never ending.
The Internet has changed publishing. The growing pains are
fierce. But they are not your growing pains. Publish however
you think best suits you. Don't rush it. Take your time
writing and editing, and then, when you think you're ready,
study the options and use them to your best advantage.
For now . . . just write.
AUTHOR SITE - http://www.chopeclark.com
THE BLOG - http://www.chopeclark.com/blog
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/hopeclark
FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/chopeclark
ABOUT.ME - http://about.me/hopeclark
GOODREADS - http://www.goodreads.com/hopeclark
RECENT ONLINE APPEARANCES
Southern Writers Mic Nite (includes audio)
GUEST POST ON THE ROBERT LEE BREWER BLOG, POET EDITOR
WITH WRITER'S DIGEST (MY NAME IS NOT BOB):
UPCOMING EVENTS . . .
March 15, 2012 - 9:00 AM - WKDK Radio - www.wkdk.com , Newberry, SC
March 23, 2012 - 7:00 PM - Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC
March 25, 2012 - 7-9:00 PM - Writers Chatroom - www.writerschatroom.com
April 5, 2012 - 6:15 PM - The Runway Cafe, Greenville, SC
April 13-14, 2012 - Carolina Writers Conference, Wadesboro, NC
April 18, 2012 - Pittsboro, NC, private writer's club
April 27-28, 2012 - Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA
May 1, 2012 - 7-8:30 PM - Bettendorf, Iowa Library
May 4-6, 2012 - Oklahoma City Writers Federal Conference
May 17, 2012 - 6:30-7:30 PM - Edin Road Radio - http://www.edinroad.com/
June 15-19, 2012 - Southeastern Writers Conference, St Simons, GA
June 24, 2012 - 7-9:00 PM - Writers Chatroom - www.writerschatroom.com
LOWCOUNTRY BRIBE is catching fire!
The Carolina Slade Mystery Series is selling well with its premier
book Lowcountry Bribe. Welcome to the world of Carolina Slade.
She's a simple government employee offered a bribe.
She follows the rules and tells the authorities.
Then all hell breaks loose because she did.
"O-positive primer wasn't quite the color I had in mind for the
small office, but Lucas Sherwood hadn't given the decor a second
thought when he blew out the left side of his head with a .45.
As the office manager, I identified Lucas' body for the cops, and
gave the poor man a quick moment of silence with thoughts to a
higher power that he be let through the pearly gates. He died in
a place he didn't like, doing work he wasn't very good at, having
no place else to go. No mother gives birth thinking her child will
end up like this. Reading the unexpected note scrawled across his
desk pad, gripped me. "Sorry, Slade." Apologizing for what, I
didn't know. Damn it, Lucas. What were you thinking?"
Available at Amazon and wherever books are sold.
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NITTANY VALLEY WRITERS NETWORK (NVWN) PRESENTS C. HOPE CLARK
The Nittany Valley Writers Network (NVWN) will host C. Hope Clark
at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College,
Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Hope will speak on four topics:
--The Story of Carolina Slade--A Mystery Becomes a Reality;
--Revisions--Polishing for Publication;
--Funding Streams for Your Freelance Career; and
--Platform and Other Tools for the Serious Writer, including a
discussion of The Shy Writer.
After the talks, she will hold a question and answer session and
a book signing. Seating is limited. Registration is $20 through
April 21, and $25 at the door if any spaces remain.
Contact Karen Dabney, NVWN workshop coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-861-1463
WORDS OF SUCCESS
"Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that
it is always something of a shock to him to look back and
realize the heights to which he has climbed."
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
Dear Mrs. Clark,
Thank you for sharing about the quarterly Euterpe YA Short
Story Contest! I wrote a short story on the theme of "love".
I was the grand prize winner! My e-book, Deadly Delirium,
releases on February 24, 2012. I was interviewed on the Euterpe
You can buy a copy of Deadly Delirium here:
Blurb: Though Johanna and her older brother, Karl, lost their
parents to Nazi rule in Germany, they have not stopped standing
up for their beliefs. Now Communism is in full force in East
Germany and they have been imprisoned along with their friend,
Franz, for their resistance efforts. Johanna falls ill and
becomes delirious with fever. Is there anything that can be
done or will Karl and Franz be forced to watch her slowly die?
As her life literally flashes before her eyes, will Johanna
have the strength-and desire-to survive?
Three Big Steps Toward Publication
By Kami Kinard
When I heard C. Hope Clark speak at ARTworks in Beaufort SC, we'd
each just debuted first novels. I was struck by how similar our
publication stories were. Both involved hard work, a lot of time,
and intentional craft-honing! I mentioned this to Hope, and she
asked if I'd share part of my publication journey here. Thanks, Hope!
If your destination is publication, you probably already know
that you're in for a fairly long journey. You've heard that you
have to research your market, go to conferences, and join a critique
group. I agree these are important steps. But there is really only
one secret to finding an agent and getting published: your work has
to be better than almost everybody else's.
I can hear you groaning from here! Don't worry. In my experience,
the writers who keep working to improve their craft, eventually
sell their books. Improve is the key word here. So the question
every writer should ask is, "How do I improve?" Here are three of
the routes for improvement I took on the road to publication.
1) Go to craft-based workshops. Conferences are great for networking,
but networking won't do you any good unless you have a quality
product to sell. Workshops led by writers and editors known for
quality work are geared toward helping improve the quality of your
writing. I even got the idea for my book, THE BOY PROJECT, while
attending such a workshop. You never know how the energy of being
around other writers will inspire you!
2) When you go to conferences, pay for editor critiques. Sure,
there will be times when you feel like you are throwing money
away, but if you glean just one bit of information that improves
your writing, you'll rarely be disappointed. I paid for two editor
critiques of THE BOY PROJECT before it sold. In the first, the
editor told me my manuscript was too short and had too many
exclamation points. She was right on both counts. In the second,
I received even more valuable advice. This editor said my manuscript
would be perfect for "stuff" like charts and graphs. So I added those
in. The next time the manuscript went out into the world, it sold.
3) Pay attention to cadence. In her novel, LOWCOUNTRY BRIBE, Hope
nailed the rhythm of the detective story. Suspense stories have
to be fast paced, so the writing needs to clip along. A tween
contemporary novel, like THE BOY PROJECT, uses the cadence of
tween speech. This means one word sentences, half sentences, and
few long, contemplative paragraphs.
I accidentally discovered a great way to familiarize myself with
the cadence of any given genre while working on an article for
Ladybug magazine. First, I typed out a few previously published
articles to get a sense of the rhythms involved. Then it occurred
to me to use Microsoft Word's Readability Statistics function to
analyze the texts. These statistics include the number of sentences
per paragraph, words per sentence, and characters per word. When
I compared the statistics of the published articles to those from
my article, a shocking difference appeared: my sentences were twice
as long as those in the published pieces. What a red flag! I altered
the length of the sentences and sold the article. This same exercise
works with any genre. Compare a few paragraphs of your writing to
others in the same genre and make sure you've set a comparable pace.
Happy trails as you travel toward publication! If you keep working
to improve your writing, I know you'll reach your destination!
Kami Kinard is the author of The Boy Project: Notes and Observations
of Kara McAllister (Scholastic, January 2012). Her poetry, stories,
articles, and essays have appeared in periodicals for children and
adults. She lives with her family in Beaufort, SC.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kami-Kinard/126862120731247
VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY
$20 CDN for Canadian residents, $20 USD for international
entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription to Vallum.
1st Place: $500 and publication in Vallum
2nd Place: $250 and publication in Vallum
Deadline: July 15, 2012. Submit up to 1-3 poems of approximately
25 lines each.
NICOLE BLIZZARD SHORT STORY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Radical Arts for Women (RAW) encourages writers to write and
sponsors a short story contest open to all women living in
Alaska. The fiction pieces must be between 250 and 5,000 words
and contain some lesbian content. The grand prize is $500, second
place $300, and third place $100. Entries come from all over Alaska
and we encourage you to enter! Deadline is April 1. Email entries
to email@example.com .
2012 EQUINOX PRIZE FOR SHORTER FICTION
$9 ENTRY FEE
Limit 2,500 words. Deadline April 1, 2012. First Place is $400
and publication in In The Snake. Second Place earns $120 and
possible publication. Third Place earns $80 and possible
publication. In addition, 10-20 finalists will receive certificates of
TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA
This opportunity is open to students, emerging and non-professional
writers and lovers of travel looking for a career change. The
scholarship is open to all nationalities, however, you must have
a high degree of proficiency in written English. The opportunity
is designed to give you a taste of what it's like to be a travel
writer on the road, so you must be comfortable doing some travel
on your own. Minimum age 18 by the date the scholarship application
closes (April 23, 2012). A current passport with at least six months
before expiry. You must be available as per the dates set out.
Please note these dates are not changeable in any way; you must be
available for the entire assignment. You should be an exceptional
writer with a lust for adventure travel, a desire to experience
new cultures (and eat them!) and above all, a burning desire to
become a professional travel writer! Deadline April 23, 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY DOCUMENTARY FUND
The San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund seeks to support
films exploring timely and compelling social justice issues that have
been historically underexposed, misinterpreted, or ignored. The
Foundation invites accomplished film, video, and digital media artists
to apply. Awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be given to
support the early production phase of documentary projects by
experienced filmmakers with an esteemed body of previously created
work. Projects should align with the foundation's programmatic goals
and address issues relevant to one or more of the five Bay Area
counties served by the foundation (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
San Francisco, or San Mateo). Deadline April 13, 2012.
Location Peterborough, New Hampshire. Offers residencies of up to
eight weeks (average stay is five weeks) providing artists with
time and space to create lasting works of the imagination. Artists
in the disciplines of Architecture, Film/Video Arts, Interdisciplinary
Arts, Literature, Music Composition, Theatre, and Visual Arts
encouraged to apply. Submit application form (available on website),
work sample, project description, and two references. Application
fee $30. Deadline: April 15, 2012.
Want to submit a tutorial to Wptuts+? We only accept tutorials
that match the site's standards of both writing and tutorial
content. If your tutorial is accepted, we'll pay an agreed USD
rate per tutorial published (make an offer!), and you'll get to
help your fellow WordPress development aficionados! Pays from
$60 to $500 depending on the complexity and level of the tutorial.
Accepts manuscripts on spec basis. Prefers queries. No poetry
or fiction. Kiki is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate
creativity, and recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for
herself, has her own look, and is on her way to being a confident,
strong, and smart young woman. She's a girl with style and substance!
Kiki shows you all the different ways you can be involved in design.
Seven different departments blend style and artistry with
intelligence and creativity, and design features will inspire you
to transform your Kiki into your very own creativity journal!
Pays 50 cents to $1/word.
GOOD GROUND PRESS - SPIRIT MAGAZINE
SPIRIT is a weekly periodical for high school students used with
Catholic religious education, confirmation and youth ministry groups
in parishes throughout the US and Canada. The periodical's themes
follow the lectionary cycles of Sunday Gospel readings in 28 issues
from October through April. Stories and features for SPIRIT should
average 1,100 words in length. Stories need to focus on small,
specific events or conflicts in young people's lives that can be
brought to life in realistic detail within this length. Stories
should be told from teens' point of view. SPIRIT accepts all
submissions on speculation; payment is made at publication and
purchases all rights. SPIRIT pays $300 per article.
Location Arlington, VA
Deadline March 21, 2012. Coordinate with subject matter experts
and high-level managers within the program to write, review,
and edit white papers, memorandums, responses to executive
taskings, congressional inquiries for the Division. Draft, review,
and edit content to ensure clarity and consistency; perform research
to prepare and publish written materials that explain and interpret
complex policies, programs, and functions of the organization or to
present technical findings and applications.
Location Miami, FL
The Copywriter III is responsible for providing creative and technical
copywriting, proofreading and editing support for Assurant Solutions'
external marketing/advertising/communications activities. Such
activities include: long copy sales letters, various direct mail
package formats, print advertising, newsletters, articles, product
briefs, case studies, order form copy, product brochures, package
inserts, product packaging, retail point-of-sale displays, web site
copy 10+ pages, SEO copywriting, banner ads, pop-up campaigns, PPC
ads, email campaigns, web page error/auto responder messages, etc.
Familiar with consumer and B2B copywriting techniques across a broad
range of media for one-step and multiple-step marketing and sales
Location Minneapolis, MN
We're looking for a writer/editor for one of America's most well
known brand's online content. We're looking for a team leader who
will be responsible for delivering bold, compelling, food content
across multiple digital touch points. The ideal candidate has a
minimum of three years content writing experience and a knowledge/
passion for food. Ideally, you will also understand digital metrics
and how to apply them to content development. This is a staff
position with full benefits. Relocation provided. Please send
resume and writing and editorial samples.
Finney Company, Hobar Publications, and The New Careers Center
produce educational materials in the areas of agriculture,
career exploration and guidance, workforce development, and
technical education. Our main markets are schools, libraries,
and government agencies.
Anacus Press specializes in bicycling and outdoor recreation
publications for book and retail markets.
Astragal Press publishes books, at affordable prices, for those
interested in antique/early tools, trades and technologies.
Bancroft-Sage Publishing supplies elementary and middle schools
and libraries with books that encourage environmental awareness
and recreation. www.finneyco.com/bancroftsage.html
Chester Book Co. offers the finest craft books for all who create,
collect, teach, and love crafts. CRAFTBOOKS(TM) are published with
studio craft artists, schools, and libraries in mind.
Ecopress produces books that enhance environmental awareness.
Its main markets are book, retail, and specialty stores.
Great Outdoors Publishing Company produces quality books for
adults and children that foster an appreciation of Florida's
natural communities and fascinating history. www.floridabooks.com
Pogo Press publishes books on the arts, history, popular culture,
and travel. Most of these books have a regional emphasis, and
main clients are book, retail, and specialty stores.
Windward Publishing covers topics of natural history and science,
outdoor recreation, and children's literature. Its principal markets
are book, retail, and specialty stores. While primarily a nonfiction
publisher, we will occasionally accept fiction books with educational
FITZHENRY & WHITESIDE LIMITED
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Children's Publishing Division is currently
seeking manuscripts for the following:
Primary picture book text (approx. 500 to 800 words) for children ages 3 to 5.
Middle Grade fiction text (approx. 25,000 to 35,000 words) for ages 8 to 12.
Young Adult fiction text (approx. 40,000 to 50,000 words) for children 12 and up.
Non-fiction texts for juvenile picture books 5 and up - school curriculum related.
Non-fiction texts for older readers 8 and up - school curriculum related.
Non-Fiction manuscripts for Young Adult Readers 12 and up.
We are no longer accepting manuscripts for board books, narrative
poetry, seasonal stories or books designed to be a series. Nor
are we interested in manuscripts written to convey a lesson or a
Stories should have universal themes and deal with family or
social situations. They should appeal to 4-8 year olds and
have approximately 1,000 words. Most of all, they should feel
like they'd fit our line. Picture books for children.
HIRE AN AWARD WINNING DESIGNER/AUTHOR TO DEVELOP YOUR WEBSITES
Shaila Abdullah has over a decade of experience designing
websites for authors. Being an author herself, she understands
the industry, and will provide you with a website that reflects
your unique style, genre, and personality.
Other design services such as book covers & interiors, marketing
materials, and email campaigns (newsletters, announcements, etc.)
E-mail Shaila: firstname.lastname@example.org
View portfolio: http://myhouseofdesign.com
Testimonial from Carolyn Brent, author Why Wait?
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her ability to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Since working
with her, I now have a beautiful book that hit #1 one on Amazon,
a monthly newsletter that captures the attention of my valued
readers, and a beautiful website that has generated a tremendous
amount of interest in my subject matter with over 245,000 hits.
I am truly grateful to her for helping turn my dreams into reality."
Good Oak Press helps authors get their books published.
Our services include cover design, typesetting, ebook
formatting and publishing, and POD printing and publishing.
Please visit our website at www.GoodOakPress.com to learn more
about how we can help you achieve your dream of being published.
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST - LAST CALL!
20th year. Ten cash prizes totaling $5,550. Top prize $3,000.
Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to
5,000 words. All entries that win cash prizes will be published
on WinningWriters.com (over one million page views per year) and
announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 40,000
Both published and unpublished work accepted. Fee per entry is
$15, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark deadline: March 31.
Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to
Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351
Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060.
Winning Writers is one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers"
(Writer's Digest, 2005-2011).
More information: www.winningwriters.com/tomstory
AWARD-WINNING WRITER, PUBLISHER
WILL EDIT YOUR NOVEL, MEMOIR, POETRY
Have your writing edited by an award-winning, professional
writer, editor, and publisher, one who knows how to help
you prepare your writing for publication. Richard Krawiec
has published novels, biographies, text books, plays, and
a story and poetry collection. He won the 2009 Excellence
in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill. His essays, feature
articles, and reviews have appeared in major newspapers and
magazines across the US. The NY Times, LA Times, Publishers
Weekly have reviewed his work. Awards include National
Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council grants, as well
as nominations for the National Book Award, Best American
Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize. He is founder of Jacar Press.
Contact email@example.com , www.rkeditor.com
ANOTHER FANTASTIC REASON TO ADVERTISE IN FUNDSFORWRITERS
Chalet Publishers, LLC, ran an ad ONE TIME in announcing we
were currently accepting submissions. It had been exactly 24
hours since the newsletter and the ad were distributed. Queries,
chapters, entire manuscripts --- the influx has just now slowed
down. We received way over forty responses to our ad, and they
are still pouring in. (BTW, this is a very good problem!). Just
wanted to let you know we think you and your newsletter rock!
It's just amazing and let's us know just how loyal your fans are.
Chalet Publishers, LLC
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